Thursday, January 22, 2015

twenty second

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On the twenty second day of the new year my farmer boy took me on a detour past the hazel-nut orchard but wouldn't tell me why.

I wandered up and down the rows chatting about how the blackberry vines needed to be cut back, how last year when we picked the hazels I had just gotten out of hospital and my world felt like it was upside down, and how we should make sure we finish eating the last crop before we harvest the next. But I had a feeling he was too involved in what he was doing to really hear me. That he had other plans.

After we found what he wanted we came back up to the house, I started on the laundry and then lunch and he disappeared for a bit.

When he returned he gave me a bunch of gypsy flowers he'd made from the hazel-wood.

I'm not sure who's getting more from this new wood cutting love of his. What a gift. What treasures.

I feel like when we made the almost impossible decision to minimise our business a year an a half ago, that this is exactly what we were hoping for. Time. Love. Passion. A focus inward rather than out. I feel like it took us most of that time to get here but it sure was worth it. I think I said this the other day but I have to mention again what an incredible thing it is to watch someone you love doing what they love. What an honour.

I look forward to seeing what happens next.

I hope you are feeling the love, my friends.

Bye!

xx




20 comments:

  1. I did a double take when I first saw the flowers to see if they were real and they fooled me...wow .. clever man .. what beauty and craftsmanship.. what great photography. Lucky you, doubly, to be on the receiving end of such beauty and the thought and love that went into makeing them..joy al round!

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  2. Lovely, and it sounds like just what you hoped it would be :) xxx

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  3. Those are gorgeous flowers. What a blessing to be doing exactly what you want in life.
    Betsy

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  4. Those flowers are made of wood? Gorgeous.

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  5. Your post brought tears to my eyes as oyu are SO right! I'm glad you discovered that at a young age....you're ahead of the pack~

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  6. I had meant to comment on your blog post from the 15th to say I check your blog most days as it is so beautiful and inspiring but I have just been too busy and finally have a day off work today. Sometimes I look in the early part of the day before I walk the dog and head off to work and sometimes at night before bed. I wondered if the flowers were made of wood when I saw the photo and then thought they can't be- just amazing! I love the wooden spoons too. So glad to see you posting so often but please don't burn yourself out!

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  7. Such a brave decision you made last year... and how lovely that you are reaping the fabulous rewards now xx

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  8. Now that's amazing....I agree those knives were a great family gift. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  9. what an awesome farmer boy you have. Those flowers are beautiufl and that talent should be allowed to develop wings and grow.

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  10. This is such a beautiful post about such a sweet thing. What an amazing talent to have - I though they were live flowers at first glance! Loved it :)

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  11. Would never have guessed they were made of wood. Awesome. Life sounds pretty wonderful. x

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  12. love this.... made my heart sing

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  13. Oh so beautiful! I'm all teary and happy! What an incredible gift and a very special farmer boy xx

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  14. Most certainly I am feeling the love! Beautiful flowers!

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  15. He is definitely a keeper! ;-) xo

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  16. Wow! They are amazing- his knife skills are awesome!

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  17. Beauty in every single knife cut. How rich we are when we do and see others doing what they love the most. We have downsized for those same reasons and are enjoying so many more of the little things.

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